Lahore: The federal and provincial governments must take special steps to reduce the suffering of monthly and daily workers employed in the industrial, trade, media and bank sectors.
A large number of workers face economic famine due to the closure of industry and trade units due to the coronavirus pandemic. Veteran trade union leaders Khurshid Ahmad, Secretary General of the Pakistan Workers Confederation and Rubina Jamil, president of the confederation, called on workers to provide special monetary assistance to save their families from starvation.
The government must ensure safe working conditions for those who work in open industry and trade units, including banks and the media. The government must introduce reforms in the federal and provincial budgets to address rising poverty, unemployment, disease and ignorance in the country and the elimination of widening irrational gaps between the rich and the poor. They demand agrarian reform and land distribution among landless farmers, abolition of ties and child labor, harassment and discrimination against women at the outset.
They demanded the government return the old age pension which was raised by Rs8,500 announced by the federal government starting January 1, 2020 which was suspended by the cabinet recently.
Labor leaders also called for amending outdated labor laws and bringing them in accordance with ILO Conventions and the Tripartite Labor Conference to vote for workers in policy-making bodies in accordance with ILO Convention No.144.
This demand was raised at a special meeting of union representatives under the protection of the Pakistan Workers’ Confederation (Regd.) At Bakhtiar Labor Hall on the night of May to pay tribute to Chicago (American) martyrs on May 1, 1886, because processions and large conferences were postponed due to a pandemic coronavirus.
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